Wheeldon Tree Cottages is located near Buxton in the picturesque Peak District National Park in England.
Sheltered near the base of High Wheeldon with cows grazing in the field, the 10 luxury cottages are in a very tranquil spot but only minutes away by road from Bakewell and the Chatsworth Estate.
Elliott Cottage (for 4 people)
I stayed in the Elliott Cottage which had an open plan living area downstairs and two bedrooms (one double and one twin), and a shower room upstairs. The cottage was ideal for a small group (we were 3 adults) or a family of 4, and had everything you need for a comfortable stay in the Peak District – but if one of you forgot something they have their own store for backup supplies.
Elliott Cottage was beautifully maintained and cleaned thoroughly, and on the dining table was a welcome hamper that included eggs, salted butter and milk.
The owners currently provide guests with a few options to enhance your stay, including electric bike hire and wellness treatments you can have in your cottage.
Tips for staying at Wheeldon Tree Cottages
Book a table at The Royal Oak
The Royal Oak is an award winning pub that’s worth booking in advance for your first evening as it’s only around 5 minutes away by car.
The dinner menu at The Royal Oak includes many British classics like fish, chips and mushy peas and beef lasagne – we went there twice during our stay as we really enjoyed the food there.
Book your tickets for Chatsworth House and Estate
The highlight of my Peak District trip was visiting Chatsworth House, I was amazed by the incredible artwork inside the house and could’ve spent all day getting lost in the incredible gardens.
For 2022 Wheeldon Tree Cottages have partnered with the Chatsworth Estate, so if you book your tickets through them you’ll benefit from a discounted rate – you can find out more about the partnership on their website.
Go for breakfast in Edensor
Sometimes a slow morning in the cottage is just what’s in order, other times it’s nice to head out and have breakfast prepared for you. Located in the Chatsworth Estate, Edensor Tea Cottage is a great option for breakfast or lunch.
Take a trip to Buxton Spa Town
Well known for the locally sourced spring water, the spa town of Buxton is comparable to the Somerset city of Bath in parts, particularly The Crescent and its beautiful Georgian architecture.
I was intrigued by the fact Mary Queen of Scots visited Buxton to take the waters as it was believed the water had healing properties. The Old Hall Hotel is where she stayed and true to the name it’s thought to be the oldest hotel in England!
Try a pudding from Bakewell
Another place with a famous association, Bakewell and the Bakewell tart. The town is also the home of the scrumptious Bakewell pudding which I hadn’t tried before my cottage break in the Peak District, but I’d absolutely recommend you do too when you visit.
There are a couple of places where you can dine in and try a Bakewell pudding, but we decided to take one back to the cottage as a treat before bed.
Hike up to the top of Mam Tor
If you’re planning to do some long walks and hikes on your Peak District holiday a popular walk is up Mam Tor which overlooks Castleton. It’s a fairly easy hike up to the top of Mam Tor on a well trodden path and rewards you with panoramic views of the National Park.
There is a car park for Mam Tor which was very busy when we got there so arrive in good time – and don’t make the mistake of parking on the side of the nearby road as it’s not allowed and could land you with a fine.
Cottage for 4 in the Peak District
I enjoyed my stay at Wheeldon Tree Cottages, it’s in a tranquil area but within reach of all the must-see sights of the National Park.